Monday, 23 February 2009

Hoping For a Happy Spring

My goodness! I didn`t realise I hadn`t posted since Friday 13th, doesn`t time fly!

Work has been busy now that Spring is approaching and gardening enthusiasts are buying their seeds for their flowers and vegetables. The milder weather is certainly good for business and as I said before, it keeps me busy which is always nice. I`ve even done a bit of gardening myself, tidying up and planting some potted crocuses and hardy cyclamen and snowdrops. I`ve put them around the trees and with luck they should spread out and in a few years time I`ll have a carpet of colour to brighten up the late Winter drabness. Many of the bulbs I planted in my hanging baskets and tubs are in flower and if I may say so, look really pretty. In the next couple of weeks I`ll be planting the seeds for my Summer flowers and vegetables and starting off the dahlias. It`s all very ambitious but hopefully I`ll get good results and will save a lot of money in the meantime.

Kerry is much better after her fainting episode last week though it still worries me that she still has another week to go until her maternity leave begins. She is very uncomfortable this time, much more so than when she was expecting Roman and she has definitely put on more weight. I wonder if she`ll follow in my footsteps and have a big second baby. I can`t see how she can get much bigger but she still has six more weeks to go yet! I`ve started to feel a little excited about the baby now. I hadn`t felt as excited as I was when Kerry was expecting Roman but maybe it was because he was the first grandchild. Anyway I found myself looking at little pink clothes in the children department in Next which is a very good sign. I had vowed not to buy anything pink until the baby is born but just a few things won`t hurt.....will they?

We had Roman to stay over the weekend and he was a really good. I did have a few doubts because he has been giving Kerry a hard time of late but once the ground rules were established ie; Nana`s in charge not!, it went really smoothly. On the Saturday we took him on a train journey into Reading for the day. We didn`t tell him about the train until we reached the station and he was thrilled when we told him about the train. He absolutely loves trains though he was a little disappointed because it wasn`t a steam engine like Thomas Tank Engine! He didn`t ask after his Mum and Dad all day and he kept us and other shoppers amused with his cheeky grin and funny comments for the whole day. While we were out I bought Roman some Disney sunglasses as he says he doesn`t like the sun getting in his eyes and some new Mickey Mouse pants just because he liked them. Roman bought some tiny pink shoes for his little sister which I`ll put by until Kerry brings her home from hospital. Including Roman in the whole process is very important and we don`t want him to feel left out. He actually asked Kerry the other day " Will you send me away to Nana`s when the baby is born?" Kerry reassured him that he will be the big brother to the baby and Mummy and Daddy love him and want him at home with them. I`ve made sure I keep talking to him about Mummy and Daddy and how much they love him, bless him. Anyway, I digress, by the time we got home again he was really tired and when bedtime came at 7pm he didn`t complain at all. In fact he fell asleep while I was reading to him and didn`t wake up until 6am. Even then he climbed into our bed and went straight back to sleep until after 8. Kerry couldn`t belive it when we told her and asked us what our secret was. Just a bit of Nana magic I! I did decide however that having children is strictly for the young. It was lovely to have our little darling for the weekend and I look forward to the next time but it`s lovely to be able to give him back again! Being a grandparent you get the best of both worlds. You get to enjoy them all day and you can give them back to Mum and Dad who can deal with the less than happy times. I throughly recommend it. :o)

We have ordered a new TV and is scheduled to arrive tomorrow. Jim has wanted one for a long time but I resisted because there was nothing wrong the one we had. But, it has started going wrong and that gave Jim the excuse he needed to buy the one he`s set his heart on...Honestly, I`m starting to wonder if he sabotaged it himself! Anyway, this new one is an all singing, all dancing state-of-the-art 40" flat screen HD thingy. Well he`s paying for it so I`m not bothered because as I said, it doesn`t matter what rubbish is on TV at least we can watch it in!

Anyway, dear friends, I`m going to try to catch up with some journals, I`m miles behind and need to see what`s been going on. take care and I`ll try to post again soon. :o)


  1. It's good to see the daffodils & tulips poking their heads out of the dirt. I have 6 pots of bulbs and after they bloom I put them back behind my stoarge shed. I've brought them all out and am anxiously waiting for them to start blooming. I did cheat a little and got two 4 inch pots of Tete-a-Tete narcissus already blooming at the store and have them planted in a pot on the front porch, greeting anyone who comes up the steps. It's great to include Roman in welcoming the new baby. I'm so happy to see that people have figured out how important that is. In the old days, no one thought of it and thus we had all that sibling rivalry. He'll love her from the moment he sees her. Linda in Washington state

  2. Glad that Kerry is feeling better. I bet you did enjoy having Roman over the weekend. Sounds like you have a head start on your flowers. It still is in the 20's at night here so I wouldn't dare do any flower planting just yet. Great pictures. Hugs, Helen

  3. thx for the update...cute pics!!! glad Kerry is a lil better...not tooo much longer...yippy!

  4. DOpleased Kerry is feeling better ,it will nbe good when she finishes work now wont it ,Iknew you would enjoy having the little fellow for the weekend ,look at your Jims face ,it says it all lovely Jan xx

  5. Oh, how I agree after having one of our little grandsons for two days last week during half-term we were so very glad to hand him back again! Hope Kerry is managing to get plenty of rest. Eileen x

  6. It has been a while since you wrote an entry! You've been missed.

    I sure wish the weather here would soon feel like spring. It's below freezing right now!!

  7. ((Sandra))
    Thanks so much for stopping by :) Really sweet
    The little one is getting so big. He's just adorable.
    We are also thinking of getting a big screen too. Our TV still works great but it's 13 years old and were really wanting a wide screen. Enjoy it!!
    Huggers, Gayla

  8. Great to read your post. I can't believe you went this long without buying little girl things. I know if any of my kids ever tells us we're getting a grandson, I'll be out buying blue as soon as possible. Having FIVE granddaughters is awful lot of pink!!LOL I'm so glad that Kerry is feeling better. Sounds you had great weekend with Roman. Still having the girls and Tommy here, I know he'd like to be able to move to a place of his own but he's laid off work right now. I know that we could all use a break from each other on occasion.
    Glad to hear you're starting your gardening. I know how much you love it. We were going to buy a bigger TV & Richard decided to put siding on the wood trim of our house. Thank goodness hte house is brick. I would HATE to have to have to pay for aluminum siding on a whole house. He says we are still going to get a new TV. We'll see.
    By the way, LOVE the music you have on your blog. Wish I new how to jazz mine up like so many of you do. LOL Love the new photos too.
    Take care and keep us posted on that new baby. I am excited for you.
    Luv N Hugs, Barb (queenb)

  9. It must be awful being as pregnant as that! How much worse though if this were July instead of Feb. I reckon God lets women get like beached whales so they'll be a bit grateful for labour!!

    Come over and cast your spell over our garden will you, it's a mess.

    love, Angie, xx


  11. Roman is such a cutie! So glad that Kerry will soon be on maternity excited to soon see pics of your newest grandbaby!
    I think it is great that Jim is getting a new TV. We want one too the states, the prices have fallen quite a bit.

  12. Sandra it goes without saying that you love having Roman to stay ~ I love the pictures especially the one with Jake ~ glad Kerry is feeling better ~ be glad when the little one arrives now ~ not long to go now ~ looking forward to seeing Roman holding his little Sister ~ Ally x

  13. Glad that Kerry is fine, Sandra. I was a bit worried as you hadn't posted for a while...She's surely a girl if she gives some problems. I had a great pregancy with my boy and some "great" problems with my girl! Roman look so handsome! He looks really grown up! Look after yourself and enjoy the telly! Ciao. Antonella

  14. Ao happy to read Kerry is okay...and that she only has a week left to work...then she can relax a little easier. Roman is so cute...loved all the photos...he and Jake look like real buddies and the one of Jim and Roman is so adorable. That is one proud Grandpa...
    Hope Spring come soon your way..many hugs and love,

  15. Lovely pictures as always Sandra.Roman is growing up so fast.Enjoy your new TV with Jim.We love ours both here and at the flat.I have just watched Mama Mia on mine and it was fantastic.I felt as though I was with them.Too early for me to garden.I don't like treading the grass so soon to get to the flower beds.I have some beautiful crocus out through.Not what I have planetd though.So they were a nice suprize .Yippee a little colour LOL! Roll on summertime let alone spring.Take Care God Bless Kath xx

  16. Hi Sandra glad Kerry is alright and shes going to stop work very soon .Lovely photos of Roman as always ,I know what you mean about having the grandchildren and being able to hand them back again ,my grandchildren live close by so I am lucky to see lots of them . Yes I think spring is just around (I Hope ) the corner ,nice to see the crocuses and snowdrops and hugs ..Jeanxx

  17. Gosh I hope you daughter will be okay. Dontcha just love grandsons. I can only imagine how Roman is. Now that we have a baby coming too I wonder about Kyan. He is the only grandchild and use to having all the attention. He does love babies, but like I have warned his mother those babies he has loved on went home to other Mommy and Daddys and didn't live with him 24/7 this is a whole new story. I can't wait to see what the baby looks like and how big she is.
    Take care, Chrissie


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